Urbanscapes

Bonifacio Global City: A Public-Private Joint Venture - Case Study

In 1992, the Government of the Philippines embarked on a mission to bring decommissioned U.S. military bases into productive use through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority Act.1 Fort Bonifacio, a defunct base on the outskirts of Manila, held great potential due to its proximity to the city and available infrastructure.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park - Case Study

In the early 1980s, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) decided to cease all cargo ship operations along Brooklyn’s Piers 1 to 6 due to a decline in use, as cargo was increasingly going to other ports. As a result, the piers became a barren, post-industrial site with little activity. Even so, the area had significant potential for reuse, in part due to its panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline across the East River.
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The Copenhagen Model: a Publicly Owned, Privately Run Corporation - Case Study

In the late 1980s, Copenhagen wrestled with the challenge of how to use the city’s underperforming assets to build large-scale infrastructure. The city responded to the challenge with an innovative institutional arrangement - a publicly-owned, privately-run corporation- the Copenhagen (CPH) City & Port Development Corporation.
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Development Contributions City of Johannesburg “Diepsloot Node” - Case study

The “Diepsloot Node” is a mixed-income, predominantly residential area located between the City of Johannesburg and the suburbs of Midrand and Centurion (in the City of Tshwane) to the north. The Diepsloot Node is bounded to the south by an upmarket, gated development known as Dainfern and the low-income suburb of Diepsloot to the north. 
 
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Phu My Hung City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Case Study

In the 1990s, Phu My Hung (PMH) was undeveloped swampland located seven kilometers to the south of downtown Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Today, PMH is one of the most coveted residential areas in Vietnam and its transformation is referenced as a national model for urban development. PMH was one of the first land-based financing projects since Vietnam’s reunification in 1975.
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Porto Maravilha - Case Study

The Porto Maravilha Urban Regeneration Project used the sale of development rights to transform a decaying industrial waterfront in Rio de Janeiro into a vibrant mixed-use zone with renewed urban infrastructure, while preserving its historical identity and heritage. 
 
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Toronto: Density Bonuses in Exchange for Community Benefits - Case Study

In the early 1980s, the Province of Ontario (Canada), sought to improve the quality of life in communities where development and intensification were taking place and to address the need for additional public services and infrastructure that resulted from increasing populations.
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The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of the city’s total land area, on average.
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